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April 28, 2011

Political Movements
Fear and Loathing in Bahrain

An anti-government protester flees after riot police fire rounds of tear gas to disperse them in the mainly Shi'ite village of Diraz (Hamad Mohammed/Courtesy Reuters) After being completely unpl…

Fear and Loathing in Bahrain

June 24, 2011

United States
Libya: "Justifications" for Intervention

Rebels fighters are reflected on a side mirror at the front line in Ajdabiyah June 22, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany As anyone who reads this blog probably knows, I have been a critic of the U…

Libya: "Justifications" for Intervention

April 14, 2011

Defense and Security
The World Next Week: NATO Debates, Patriots’ Day Awaits

The minute-men of the Revolution. (Currier & Ives/courtesy the Library of Congress) The World Next Week podcast is up.  Bob McMahon and I talked about the NATO foreign ministers’ talks on Libya; the…

The minute-men of the Revolution. (Currier & Ives/courtesy the Library of Congress)

July 7, 2011

International Organizations
Security Council Reform in Sight?

Brazilian Foreign Minister Patriota attends a meeting with his Japanese counterpart Matsumoto in Tokyo (Yuriko Nakao/ Courtesy Reuters). After years of inertia, the campaign for UN Security Council …

Security Council Reform in Sight?

May 18, 2011

United States
President Obama’s Risky Middle East Speech

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a speech in the Grand Hall of Cairo University in 2009 (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters) My take on why President Obama is giving a speech on the Middle East on T…

President Obama’s Risky Middle East Speech

June 2, 2011

Defense and Security
The World Next Week: NATO and Russia Debate Missile Defense

President Barack Obama meets Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the G-8 Summit in France on May 26, 2011. (Kevin Lamarque/courtesy Reuters) The World Next Week podcast is up. Bob McMahon and I dis…

The World Next Week: NATO and Russia Debate Missile Defense

April 28, 2011

Zimbabwe
ICG Report: Zimbabwe’s Growing Crisis

Supporters of Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) hold placards as they march in the streets of the capital Harare, March 19, 2010. (Philimon Bulawayo/Courtesy Reuters) The Interna…

ICG Report: Zimbabwe’s Growing Crisis

March 28, 2011

Egypt
After the Arab Spring on TheAtlantic.com

A Kingdom of Libya flag is seen during a demonstration in support of the Bahraini people in Baghdad's Sadr city (Stringer Iraq/Courtesy Reuters) Hi folks, Below is an excerpt from my piece on T…

After the Arab Spring on TheAtlantic.com

May 5, 2011

Turkey
Arab Spring, Turkish Fall on ForeignPolicy.com

Protesters hold a Turkish flag and signs during a demonstration to show their solidarity with the protesters in Deraa, in the Syrian port city of Banias. The signs read, "Greetings to Turkey's Pr…

Arab Spring, Turkish Fall on ForeignPolicy.com

October 29, 2010

United States
Living Dangerously in Lebanon

Not a lot of time for blogging today. I have a post in the works for the weekend. In the meantime, things are heating up in Lebanon. Hizballah Secretary General, Hassan Nasrallah, declared today…

Living Dangerously in Lebanon